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Prescriptions drugs are powerful tools to help both patients and physicians – when used correctly. However, when physicians, pharmacists or other medical professionals make an error in ordering, administering or prescribing medications, the results can be tragic.

Medication errors take place in a variety of ways, but can include:

  • Prescribing incorrect medications
  • Physicians prescribing the wrong dosage of medication
  • Physicians prescribing medications that interact dangerously with other conditions or drugs the patient may have or may be taking
  • Nurses administering the wrong patient’s medication
  • Pharmacists filling the wrong prescriptions
  • Pharmacists mislabeling medications
  • Medical professionals failing to recognize a patient’s allergies before administering, prescribing or filling a prescribed medication
  • A nurse or at-home care provider incorrectly administering medication
  • A medical professional not accurately communicating possible side effects of a specific prescription drug

When a medication error leads to injury or illness, you should consult a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. If you have reason to believe that either you or someone you love has been a victim of a medication error, Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm’s attorneys may be able to help.